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Develop Africa Newsletter - November
 

Make a Dream Come True, Change a Child's Life
Join Develop Africa and individuals all over the world as we bring love, hope, compassion and justice to the deserving children in Africa. Sponsors play an integral part of our program of helping children. As a child sponsor, you can help these children experience the fullness of life and potential that they have and help save a child from a life of poverty!
 

 
 
 
 
 

Lunch Treat For Ebola-Orphaned Lamin Family  

As reported by Joshua - Director of Door of Hope 
This lunch was organized on 15th October 2014 by Develop Africa Inc.in collaboration with Door of Hope to provide trauma counseling to Sahr, Geraldine, Dorcas and Emmanuel, four children that became orphans because of the Ebola crisis. They lost their father, mother, uncle and aunt to Ebola. Geraldine also contracted the Ebola virus, was taken to an Ebola Treatment Unit and thankfully survived.

During the lunch, the following topics were discussed: 
1) How to build a better relationship with people and with God
2) How to manage resources in the absent of loved ones
3) How to keep your dream alive amidst a sudden reality

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Donate School Supplies & Drives
Consider holding a drive at your school/business/Church. Contact Amy at amy@developafrica.org for a packet of information on how to get your drive set up today.

 


 

 

 

Needed Items:
  • Backpacks

  • Calculators

  • Spiral bound, composition and other notebooks

  • Filler paper

  • Binders

  • Colored pencils, pens, crayons and markers

  • Ruler with English and metric measurements

  • Erasers

  • Pencil box

  • Glue sticks

  • Graph paper

  • Pens and pencils

  • Pencil sharpeners (individual and classroom)

  • Pocket dictionaries

 

 

Hello Sylvester,

 

Hope you are doing well.  As we get into the holiday season and we reflect on all we have to be thankful for, we want you to know that we are grateful for all of the support we together provide.  Together we are truly making a difference!  The best is yet to come.

 

Overcoming Ebola - Community Member is an Ebola Survivor  

In a previous article / post we mentioned that Geraldine, Ruth's oldest daughter, was infected with the Ebola virus.  Read Ruth's story here.
 

Here's an update on the family situation:  Geraldine was taken to the Hastings Ebola Treatment Centre.  The remaining children and their house were quarantined for 21 days. 

 

Good News: As Joshua reported, "The Lamin family was in our prayers. As God would have it Geraldine survived!  On Monday, October 13th, Geraldine was reunited with her family. Within a period of one month, Geraldine, Dorcas and Sahr became orphans." 
 


 

 

Geraldine's survival is one bright ray of light in this sad period.  Geraldine survived and beat Ebola!  In the above photo, she happily shows us her discharged certificate from the Ministry of Health and Sanitation.   

 

We continue to be fully responsible for Geraldine and her family - providing them in addition with emotional and moral support as they integrate back into the community.  They extend their deep appreciation to you and all donors who have made this possible through their kind support.  Read more...

 

   "Small things become great when done with love"

-Mother Theresa  
 
 

Access to Medical Attention
 

The Washington Post wrote an article following US Secretary of State John Kerry urging leaders around the world to "step up even further" in their anti-Ebola efforts. In the article there was a graph (shown below) that shows financial contributions to the UN for Ebola by country. The goal is to raise $998 million and as of October 8th, 2014, financial contributions towards the UN Ebola response fell short by $306.2 million. The highest contributor was the US at $113.8 million and the lowest contributor was Italy at $2.2 million. Read more...

 

 

 

 

 

 

Race Report: 'La Ultra - The High'  
 

Photo and Words by: Elize van Staden

Elize van Staden is the first South African to attempt the 111-kilometre distance at 'La Ultra - The High'. At over 5 395 metres, deep in the Indian Himalayas, it's one of the world's highest ultra-marathons. This is her story - as she runs supporting the provision of mosquito nets.

 
When the day of the event arrived, the race village had an atmosphere, like any other: some participants offered advice on speed and tactics, others talked about races they'd run in the past. It buzzed with a mixture of excitement and nerves.   Read more... 
 
 

 

 

 

 

Develop Africa Honored As 2014 Top-rated Nonprofit  
Develop Africa has been honored with a prestigious 2014 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations.
 
We are proud of our accomplishments this year, including working to help provide the needed protective equipment / resources to health personnel so that they can keep themselves safe and preventing further spread of the Ebola disease. Funds will also enable sharing of information / sensitization (through radio and other media) so that people can take preventive action to protect themselves from infection.  We are also providing health kits and emergency food aid.

Special thanks to all our volunteers, partners and friends who submitted a rating and comments
 

 

 
With deep gratitude for your support and partnership, 
Sylvester and the Develop Africa team

 

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